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Dan Kitchener

Took this photo on my travels when walking through the badlands of Bedminister (Bristol) on a Sunday morning a few months back… proper street-artistry from Dan Kitchener…there is something to be said for street-art – it can surprise and blow you away whilst you are doing something mundane like going to the shops…

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i-D covers 93-94

I am spotting a theme here – i-D is 35 so every post of theirs has 35 things – best of etc..

Getting past that – here are 3 awesome front covers from 93-94. I have looked but I cannot work out who the art-director/creative director was for these covers – but they really are amazing – 20 years old but far more interesting than the 35 model concept they have chosen to run with for the current edition.

Sonic, Jan 93 – Naomi, Sept 93 – Amber, Mar 94

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i-D is 35

i-D is 35 years old! I can’t remember how long it took me to realise the connection of the front cover feature image and the masthead – too long. Here are a few of portraits from i-D’s 35 feature of profiles of actors, models before they were famous (although not really strictly true). Some of the portraits are a little meh – but these are the best. Keanu back in April 93 – photography Stephen Hamel – Orlando, Jan 02 – photography Alex Hoerner and Garrett (not too sure who he is) – pre-fall 12 – photography Matthew Brookes (Just as an aside i-D has one of the most interesting editorial twitter feeds I reckon…) Keanu-1432812957-body-image-1432813667 Orlando-1432812957-body-image-1432814256 Garrett-1432812957-body-image-1432815319

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Robert Clayton

As a break to UX based posts – here is some work from Robert Clayton (via i-D magazine) – photographs from 1991 of the Lion Farm estate. Nice article by Nathalie Olah  (on their site) to support these photographs. A book of this work Estate: Robert Clayton with essays from Jonathan Meades (surely worth the price alone for his writing!) and Laura Noble. untitled-article-1432827592 untitled-article-1432827592-body-image-1432830800 estate-post-industrial-ruin-at-the-end-of-thatchers-britain-body-image-1432904005

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Personas

A little more reference on the purpose, approach and execution of this tool. From the BBC Internet Blog – Refreshing BBC Sport User Personas (by Christine Charnock) – from Christof Zurn a persona poster template (licensed under CreativeCommons) – and from a link from the BBC a couple of posts from Smashing Magazine (by Shlomo Goltz) – part 1 and part 2. Additionally on these posts are a great range of further resources and reference. Lots to read!

 

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User research in the discovery phase

Nice diagram showing the stages of user research through discovery, alpha and beta – (via Leisa Reichelt (gov.uk) – always insightful, and like the BBC happy to share ideas, approaches and best practice.

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Scroobius Pip

“This piece of diction is the intro to distraction…”

The Distraction Pieces podcasts – a series of ‘long form’ conversations by Scroobius Pip. A weekly interview featuring (naming the ones I have listened to) Russell Brand, Alan Moore, Stewart Lee, Rob Da Bank… friendly, interesting, thoughtful…

Up to 14 in the iTunes podcast chart – check it out…

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#Nicer Tuesdays – It’s Nice That

#Nicer Tuesdays curated, organised by It’s Nice That is something that is worth a look. Run on the last Tuesday of every month… Really ‘nice’ touch that they share the presentations online via youtube and their own website. Absolute shed loads of films to look through – fantastic speakers and great inspiration resource. Film below of Karl Toomey discussing humour and his creation of Gary Goals – a lovely idea and wonderfully realised.

No doubt seen via @itsnicethat.

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Laila Sakini

New sounds from Australia – Laila Sakini: ‘DJ, producer, sound designer and event organiser’. Listen, share and download tracks from Soundcloud – this track 10mins in – used by Adam Curtis in his film Bitter Lake – on the iPlayer – sounds very like Burial…hmmm!

Via @i_D

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Government Service Design Manual

From what I can gather the Government Service Design Manual is the documentation, technical requirements and best practice guidance that supports the Gov.uk digital strategy. This area of Gov.uk site is so in-depth that to describe it as ‘off the hook’ would be an understatement…! Just as a for an example: here is the page on User needs…

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